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September 2009
Closures & Capsules: Results from Competitions Indicate Bottles Exhibiting Less Cork Taint
Has the move away from natural corks affected results?
by Paul Franson
p.c1 {text-align: justify} Are corks getting better? Judges at important wine competitions seem to agree that closures are showing less TCA than in the past, but they still note issues that seem to need addressing. Christian Butzke, head of the enology department at Purdue University, said that only 1 percent of the 3,200 wines at the 2008 Indy International Wine Competition (2,135 commercial) showed signs of TCA, according to his self-described "super-TCA-sensitive olfactor...
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